How to Reduce Holiday Weight Gain

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

It has long been said that we all gain some weight over the holidays. After all, this is the time when there are big meals at parties, the gifting of baked goods to friends and family, and our own holiday baking at home. So, it seems possible that it would affect our weight. But do we really gain that much weight from enjoying all that the holidays have to offer?

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Yes we gain weight during the holidays, but not as much as you’d think. (photo

According to Harvard Health Publishing, we all gain about 1 pound on average over the span of an entire year, most of this single pound comes on around the holiday season. So, yes, we do gain weight around the holidays, but overall, the increase is very small.

But, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering if there are any ways that you can avoid even this little bit of weight gain but still enjoy all the delicious holiday foods. Luckily the answer is yes!

Here are a few tips on how to avoid holiday weight gain as much as possible.

  • Stay on a consistent meal routine.
  • Choose healthier options when possible, such as low-fat, reduced sugar, etc.
  • Go on a walk or exercise in some way to burn off extra calories.
  • Watch your portions. While seconds might be tempting, they aren’t usually necessary.
  • Drink water as much as possible.

To say it in a sentence, the best strategy for keeping holiday weight gain at bay is to stay active and eat moderately. So, feel free to enjoy some of that delicious holiday food without feeling guilty about it!

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